Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Ancient World: Hypatia and Alexandria

Today on Far Future Horizons we present a new documentary series about classical antiquity hosted by Brittany Hughes titled “The Ancient World”. A new film about Hypatia and the ransacking of the Great Library of Alexandria titled “Agora”, directed by Alejandro Amenábar, provides the centerpiece of Bettany Hughes' definitive history of the ancient world and classical civilization.

In the first episode of this series “Alexandria: The Greatest City” we focus our attention on perhaps the greatest city of the classical age – Alexandria and a woman by the name of Hypatia who was a noted mathematician, astronomer and philosopher.

The Motion picture Agora dramatizes the story of Hypatia’s battle with Cyril, the patriarch of Alexandria, casting both historical figures in symbolic roles as the central protagonists in the historical battle between science and reason against the dark forces of religious bigotry and superstition.

Three cities dominated the ancient world: Athens, Rome and a third, now almost forgotten. It lies hidden beneath the waters of the Mediterranean and a sprawling modern metropolis.

Alexandria was a city built on a dream; a place with a very modern mindset, where one man had a vision that all knowledge on earth could be stored in one place.

Bettany Hughes goes in search of this lost civilization, revealing the story of a city founded out of the desert by Alexander the Great in 331 BC to become the world's first global center of culture, into which wealth and knowledge poured from across the world.

Until its decline in the fourth and fifth Centuries AD, Alexandria became a crucible of learning; Hughes uncovers the incredible discoveries and the technical achievements of this culture.

The film's cast of characters reads like a list of the greatest figures of ancient times: political figures like Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, and intellectuals including female mathematician, astronomer and philosopher Hypatia, Euclid, Archimedes, Eratosthenes and Ptolemy.

At last, after 1,500 years squashed under a modern metropolis, new clues are emerging from the earth to the real nature of this grand experiment in human civilization.

Alexandria: The Greatest City

Official Trailer of the Motion Picture Agora

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